Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The main piece done!

The main piece is done. Now on to the strap. Hmmmmmmm. Should I Bead Crochet one? Make a multiple strand strap? I lean towards the multiple strand. I will let it percolate for a few days.

Also considering some dangley stuff at the bottom. Hmmmmmm. Decisions. Decisions.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Here is #2 in the 52 pr of earrings in a year Challenge. I actually made 2 pair and 10 beads from what I call a: Junk Bargello Roll. These earrings were made from a Junk Bargello Roll slab. It starts as a build up of a pile of colors, bits and pieces. It looks like a horrible useless mess of color, but once you roll it up, roll it out, fold it a few times, then run it through the pasta machine down to a setting 5-ish, it still looks suspect. Take than thin sheet and start rolling it into a roll. If you slice the roll lengthwise several times you can piece together a slab. Or you can slice it into bead lengths you like, turn those inside out and you have a Junk Bargello Roll inside-out bead! Voila'!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

the Ball is rolling!

I am so,o,o,o,oooo excited!! My Rolling Sphere fountain is finally rolling!! Here is a video. I treid to edit it but can't find a way so you will have to endure the uncut Director's version.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Basic Beadwork done!

The basic Beadwork is done, now on to the part I really don't like: finishing. This is the point where I would love to hand the piece off to someone else and let them figure out the  strap and connections, pick up the next project and start designing the next one. But, since I am a one woman band I must soldier on!
I am figuring out different materials and ways to make the antenae. I have a couple of good possibilities, let's see what happens!

Monday, April 9, 2012

New beading project

HI! Again,
Here are a few pictures of my latest beading project. I have had these shell pieces that look like ears for years, at least 5. My thought when I saw them was to use them for doll ears, but they are a little big for my size dolls. Although, I might make a larger elf doll and these would be great ears for that.

This will be a necklace/collar type piece when finished.

It's coming along.


These little Wizards are fun! They are not my own design. A local gal used to sell them. I used to own 2 of her wonderful little Wizards. One I still have, the other involuntarily found another home in someone's pocket, if ya know whut I mean....nudge, nudge, wink,wink.

I have lost contact and information for the original artist, this was almost 20 years ago, but here are my versions of her originals.
My niece and I are going to have a booth at 2 local festival events in June: Gold Dust Days and the Spam Festival. Yes. It is a celebration of that horrible stuff in a can: Spam. Ick! I am going to offer these little Wizards up for adoption.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The new spinner in action

Here's a video of the new spinner. It goes round and round very fast with just a little breeze! It came with the 2 smaller spheres. I added the larger one on top.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

From pieces of (s)crap to an organized cane

From Pieces of (S)crap to an oragnized cane. It is OK. Better than the junk it started out as. I am not sure where I am going with it, but I will think of something. I have more (S)crap from the cane than usable cane, normal for me.
I have gotten into a rut of only making canes and creating piles of junk clay. I am trying to use up my old canes but  getting discouraged. Maybe I need to go back to my clay roots: sculpting. I started out sculpting characters from Maureen Carlson's books. I might put some effort into making some face molds to make cabachons for beading around.